Thursday, April 2, 2009

A distressing spirit?

We read in 1 Samuel 16 that a 'distressing spirit' came upon Saul. What exactly was this "distressing spirit from the Lord?" This is what one commentator believes,

"How could an evil spirit be sent from the Lord? Evil spirits and Satan himself can do nothing without the Lord’s permission. As such, demons actually serve the purpose of God. How? By providing people a choice. If there were no Satan, people would have no choice. Thus, we would never know if our love for God was genuine. In this area, God is pro-choice. He says, “If you don’t want to love Me, walk with Me, or believe in Me, you have another option. You can be deceived by the devil.”
If I tell my son, Ben, I want him to stay home this afternoon—and then I lock him in his room, bolt his door, and board up his windows, it would be meaningless for me to come home later and tell him how proud I was of him for staying home. Unless there was an open door for Ben to make a decision, my praise of him would be pointless. That is why God leaves the door open and uses Satan as a tool to give people a choice."
Courson, Jon: Jon Courson's Application Commentary : Volume One : Genesis-Job. Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2005, S. 862
The reason I looked into this portion of scripture is due to a revelation the Lord recently gave me. One of our children is known to be overtaken by an extremely 'foul mood' as I like to call it. Her entire countenance changes and she is consumed with the situation at hand; although at times these moods come on during discipline, this is not always the case. This child always asks me to pray for her, however, recently, as a foul mood came upon her, the Lord told me to go and get my guitar and begin singing worship music. Instantly the foul mood lifted, a smile came to upon her face and joy was restored. I felt like David! "And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him."


Shauna said...

You rock - way to be obedient - that is awesome! God is good, powerful and loving!

Leonis said...

Wow...what a way to find "thanks" in everything...God uses Satan so we can choose God...Wow :)